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Hot Desk Edition #1


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In this edition of the Next Big Thing, glimpse works-in-progress from our first intake of 2019 Hot Desk Fellows – fresh from ten weeks of work on their projects inside the Wheeler Centre.

Featuring new writing from Vanessa Giron, Yvette Holt, Josefina Huq, Nimity James, Adalya Nash Hussein, Kaitlyn Plyley, Cher Tan and Thabani Tshuma.


Stella Charls

Stella is the Wheeler Centre’s Programming Coordinator. An emerging arts manager and event producer, Stella was previously the Marketing and Events Coordinator for Readings, and the Festival Manager for the National Young Writers’ Festival, Australia’s largest gathering of young and innova... Read more

Vanessa Giron

Vanessa Giron is a Latinx writer and editor from Naarm/Melbourne. Her work explores identity, culture, and womanhood and has been published by Meanjin, Feminartsy and others. She is also a Small Screens Critic for the Big Issue, and has written reviews for Junkee, Kill Your Darlings and more. In 20... Read more

Yvette Holt

Brisbane born Yvette Henry Holt heralds from the Bidjara, Yiman and Wakaman Nations of Queensland. A multi-national award-winning poet, academic, editor, stand-up comedienne and photographer of Central Australian desert landscapes, Yvette has lived and worked in the greater region of the Australian ... Read more

Josefina Huq

Josefina Huq is a creative writer and PhD candidate based in Melbourne. She is into place phenomena, memory, and anything that might involve icky feelings. You can cry to her short stories in publications such as Homer, GORE Journal and Alien She Zine.  ... Read more

Nimity James

Nimity James studied writing at RMIT University. In 2016 she was awarded a Varuna Residential Fellowship and was a finalist in the 2017 Newcastle Writers Festival joanne burns Microlit Award for her prose poem ‘Anniversary’, published in the Spineless Wonders Time anthology. She lives in... Read more

Portrait of Adalya Nash Hussein
Adalya Nash Hussein

Adalya Nash Hussein is a writer and editor. Her work has appeared in Voiceworks, The Lifted Brow, Ibis House, Meanjin, Overland and Going Down Swinging. She has been an Emerging Writers’, Festival Melbourne Recital Centre Writer in Residence, a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow, and shortlisted for t... Read more

Kaitlyn Plyley

Kaitlyn Plyley is a writer, poet and comedian based in Melbourne’s inner north. She comes to Melbourne via Cairns, Perth, and Brisbane. Kaitlyn has been featured everywhere from triple j to frankie magazine to ABC TV’s Get Krack!n. Her writing has been published by the Lifted Brow, the S... Read more

Cher Tan

Cher Tan is an essayist and critic. Her work has appeared in the Sydney Review of Books, Hyperallergic, Catapult, The Age, Disclaimer Journal, Cordite Poetry Review and Overland, amongst many others. She is an editor at Liminal and the reviews editor at Meanjin. Peripathetic: Notes on (U... Read more

Thabani Tshuma

Thabani Tshuma is a multi-award-winning Zimbabwean writer and performance poet. His work can be found in publications such as Dichotomi magazine, Next in Colour, CUBBY ART, Cordite Poetry Review, and ABC ArtWorks’ SLAMMED segment. Thabani is a co-curator of Thin Red Lines and his debut collection,... Read more


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